Charles H.S. Harry Jr., 64, known for research on Baltimore transit

July 01, 1999

Charles H. S. Harry Jr., whose extensive knowledge of Baltimore transit made him an invaluable resource to researchers, died Tuesday of prostate cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Forest Hill resident was 64.

Mr. Harry was known for his exacting and meticulous research, and for answering inquiries with voluminous replies.

"He once sent me a 99-page, one-paragraph answer to a question I asked him," said Herbert H. Harwood Jr., a railroad historian and author. He praised Mr. Harry's "high standards for historical research" and added, "He was a great help to me."

Said C. Benjamin Bates, a member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum: "He was a loyal member of the BSM, who was always busy behind the scenes doing research that kept people honest."

Born and raised in Northwood, Mr. Harry was a 1953 graduate of McDonogh School. He was an insurance underwriter during the late 1950s and 1960s, and worked for national chains that sold auto parts and tires in Washington. He retired in the early 1980s.

His marriage to the former Linda Graham ended in divorce.

Plans for funeral services were incomplete yesterday .

He is survived by a son, David C. S. Harry of Cornish, Maine; two daughters, Elizabeth A. Waring of Boston and Natahalie A. Smith of Forest Hill; his mother, Mary B. Harry of Forest Hill; a half-brother, Quinn F. Harry of Laurel; a half-sister, Alphecca Muttardy of Falls Church, Va.; and four grandsons.

Clara F. Rice, 96, church's oldest member

Clara F. Rice, a homemaker who was the oldest living member of Fulton Baptist Church in West Baltimore, died Sunday of liver cancer at the home of a daughter in Lochearn. She was 96.

Mrs. Rice, a former longtime resident of Marlborough Apartments, worked for many years as a domestic. She retired in 1973.

She was active in the affairs of Fulton Baptist, where she was a member of the Missionary Society and Church Aid Society. She was also a lifetime member of the Womens Auxiliary of the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland.

She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Reisterstown Adult Day Care Center.

"She loved to travel and took her first airplane trip to Jamaica when she was 80," said a daughter, Madge R. Cannon of Baltimore.

The former Clara Fernandez was born in Jonesville, S.C., and graduated from public schools there. She came to Baltimore in the early 1920s.

In 1921, she married Willie Rice, who died in 1971.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Saturday at Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave.

In addition to Mrs. Cannon, Mrs. Rice is survived by four other daughters, Louise Farr Allen and Elizabeth R. Goins of Baltimore, Dorothy G. Harvey of Lochearn and Shirley R. Cooper of Pikesville; a sister, Eva Fernandez of Severna Park; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 31 great-great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/01/99

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